VACAVILLE — Music fans are in for a treat this weekend in Vacaville.
Provided the weather holds up.
Even with the threat of rain today, the Vacaville Jazz Festival will go on as planned, said organizer Keith Stout of the Vacaville Jazz Society.
The festival opened Friday night with live music at Town Square in Downtown Vacaville and continues today with downtown performances at Town Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and FUSO Italian Restaurant from 7-10 p.m. At the Nut Tree Plaza, music runs from noon to 7 p.m., and at the Nut Tree Village from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Things wrap up Sunday with Gospel Sunday and a military tribute, all at the Nut Tree from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The weekend concludes with a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, which is based at Travis Air Force Base.
“We’re hanging, doing good,” Stout said Friday after performing with the Alive Music Orchestra. “We’re worried about the rain. It’s probably (coming) around 1 p.m., it’s probably going to be a short burst of showers. We’ll make it through over 30 groups.”
The National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of showers in Vacaville, mainly after 11 a.m.
Stout was happy with the way things started, with a few dozen people gathering on a cool evening to see the first handful of performers.
“A lot of these guys, they come from all over Solano County, Sacramento,” he said. “We have a very good team effort.”
A major focus of this year’s festival, the 14th annual, is the younger musicians.
“One of the neat things this year we’re able to really focus on is our new jazz camp,” Stout said. “That’s really taken off. We’ve got more kids involved.”
One of those, eighth-grader Katie Williams, performed with Alive Music Orchestra Friday, taking a few solos during the group’s performance.
“They’re the next generation to . . . keep jazz alive,” Stout said. “They’re keeping out of trouble, keeping America’s music alive.”
A number of performances on the schedule feature youth and high school jazz bands.
Drummer Jerry Textor, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, said the Jazz Society’s support of the military was key to his joining.
“It’s a big reason I like being part of this group, they support the military, they support the community through service and stuff like that,” Textor said. “It’s a blessing to me.”
For a complete schedule, visit www.vacajazzsociety.com.
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